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40 New K-5 Reading Comprehension Passages | Readworks

40 New K-5 Reading Comprehension Passages | Readworks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Everyday Excellence in Education: 365 Daily Blog Challenge

The topics discussed here are relevant examples and topics for today's educators.

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Wonderful, insightful topics for teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and administrators

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How to Help Students Brainstorm and Organize an Essay | MiddleWeb

How to Help Students Brainstorm and Organize an Essay | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Good essays begin with a thesis. Literacy expert Sarah Tantillo shares tools for thesis brainstorming & organizing that can save students & teachers time & pain
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4 Reasons Why I Love the Common Core

4 Reasons Why I Love the Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I love the Common Core. In the past, this statement has elicited responses ranging from bemused skepticism to serious questions about my mental health, so allow me to qualify my statement. I do not...
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Emailing Stuff To Your Apps

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Ten Ways to be a Terrible Teacher

Teaching is a noble calling. That is why when a teacher doesn't behave nobly, it breaks trust and we get upset.
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Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS

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Guest blogger Troy Hicks, an associate English professor with a technology focus, presents RSS as an essential tool for bringing students reading material that interests them, and how to use it for leveraging critical reading practice.
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Les Howard's curator insight, March 24, 2:35 PM

Great idea from Troy Hicks

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 24, 10:32 PM

Many adults do not know how to use RSS as a tool to sift through the mass of information available on the web. Great idea for supporting the Standards and teaching kids how to acquire digital information quickly and efficiently.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 30, 11:55 AM

After reading the blog I realized the article is not what I expected. However, the idea of using  RSS to feed students' reading interests does seem interesting.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2

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"The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills."


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7 Stress-Fighting Tips for Principals - ASCD

7 Stress-Fighting Tips for Principals - ASCD | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Leaving work at work is truly an art form—especially when you’re a principal. Sure, the stress becomes easier to manage with time and experience, but it never completely goes away, no matter…
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6th Grade - 8th Grade Reading Passages - NEW from ReadWorks

6th Grade - 8th Grade Reading Passages - NEW from ReadWorks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Every Monday, my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down.
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No more copying definitions out of a dictionary. Try these methods of teaching vocabulary instead.
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A Teacher's Vision for Common Core

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A teacher from Washington, D.C., Alexandra Fuentes, advocates that we must stay the course on Common Core.


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I agree with this perspective.  Just as we are teaching our students to think and solve problems, we need to do the same.  :-)

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try These Word Cloud Tools to Help Students Analyze Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: Try These Word Cloud Tools to Help Students Analyze Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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The Case for Summarization

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From Rick Wormeli's book, Summarization in Any Subject"

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The Mindful Mathematician: A Letter to Frustrated Parents of Common Core Math Students

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Great explanation of the "why" behind the shifts in thinking with the new standards~

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Educational Leadership:Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's

Educational Leadership:Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Carol Ann Tomlinson's ideas on formative assessment. Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students

Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, March 25, 11:54 AM

Great ideas and creates an opportunity for the reflective educator to evaluate instructional practices.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 25, 2:30 PM

Some good tips. 

Teresa Barclay's curator insight, March 26, 5:37 PM

Has insights that could help anyone, especially me as I go through my own education journey

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Why I Use the Article of the Week in My Elective Classes | Teaching the Core

Why I Use the Article of the Week in My Elective Classes | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The article of the week assignment can be added to ANY content area as a great way of supporting school-wide Common Core literacy goals. What? I could be
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Love Dave Stuart's use of the AoW.
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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

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After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolvin
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3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic

3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you’re like most English Language Arts teachers, you’ve probably reviewed the new informational text requirements and wondered: What books do I choose? And how do I know if I’m even doing this right? Sure, they sound intimidating, but satisfying these new guidelines doesn’t have to be complicated, or mean you have to throw out …

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 24, 12:54 PM

Some great suggestions here that you can easily  use with your classes today!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 25, 3:12 PM

Three great suggestions for informational text that school libraries can integrate into their collections.

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8 Things Great Communicators Do - George Ambler

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 ThWithout communication you cannot lead. You end up taking a walk on your own. Communication has been central to the social process of all great leaders.

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms | MiddleWeb

Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's growth mindset research can lead to greater collaboration among co-teachers and help all students in inclusion classrooms master the Common Core.
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7 ways to get students excited about reading -

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This guest post is sponsored by SNAP Learning. With mobile devices and video games competing for students’ free time, getting your students excited about reading can be a daunting task for even the most determined teacher.
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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 6:24 PM

As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

  • Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are Permitted
  • Take-Home Tests
  • Student-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

  • Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

    • Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 23, 1:25 PM

    Ideas to expand thinking on current assessments, particularly for those who do not test well. Thx Beth Dichter!

    Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 24, 1:46 PM

    As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

    The first three suggestions are:

    Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are PermittedTake-Home TestsStudent-Made Tests

    These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

    The next suggestion is:

    Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

    This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

    The final suggestion is:

    Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

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    Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One

    Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
    Argument writing is the skill of the future. In this blog, Ryan shares four reasons to make the switch from persuasive to argument writing for grades 6-12.

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    Judith Morais's curator insight, March 14, 4:17 AM

    There is a difference between persuasion and argument, and it is the latter that we must develop amongst our students.